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Trudeau Government: Vienna Convention and Dozen Countries

trudeau government: Canada stood firm against Chinese criticism Thursday after the Trudeau government rallied more than a dozen countries in expressing concern to Beijing about its jailing of hundreds of thousands of its Muslim minority, according to Toronto Star. Ng Han Guan / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters the letter violated the terms of the Vienna Convention governing diplomatic relations and that the envoys should not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying speaks during a briefing at the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing. She noted the letter, which was spearheaded by Canada, was based on hearsay, despite widely distributed reports from detainees, relatives and officials documenting the sweeping and seemingly arbitrary detentions.A well-placed source from one of the 15 signatory countries also confirmed to The Canadian Press that Canada led the effort to send the letter. Canada is deeply concerned by credible reports of the mass detention, repression and surveillance of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, said Adam Austen, a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Article Continued Below The United Nations estimates as many as one million Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities are being held in arbitrary detention. ( As reported in the news.